The Skin Formula is an advanced anti-ageing nutritional complex that combines patented, clinically tested collagen peptides (Types I and III), pro-collagen amino acids, hydrating cetylated/esterified fatty acids (Celadrin®) and highly antioxidant frankincense (65% boswellic acid) and Ashwagandha.
Skin Anti-Ageing, From Within
Collagen is the major structural component of skin, comprising about 80% of skin’s dry mass. The skin’s epidermis is affected by both dermal layer structure and environmental factors including ageing, ultraviolet radiation, hormones and nutrition. Supplementing your diet with bioavailable collagen peptides has been shown to slow the skin metabolism impairing processes responsible for the loss of collagenous extracellular matrix.
That’s remarkable! So what happens exactly when I take Collagen Peptides?
When small collagen peptides with optimised molecular weight and proven bioavailability are ingested, they are absorbed quickly into the bloodstream. The presence of these peptides in skin tissue stimulates skin cells known as fibroblasts, as demonstrated in recent clinical studies. These peptides activate multiple biochemical pathways which in turn lead to the body’s natural response , now widely accepted by dermatologists and skin scientists: the presence of these small collagen peptides (of about 2kDal in molecular weight) is believed to act as a signal that mimics the your body;s own destruction. This signal triggers the synthesis of new collagen fibres, which in turn increases skin suppleness and reduces the formation of wrinkles. In addition, this same process stimulates the synthesis of hyaluronic acid which leads to an increase in skin hydration. These are the kinds of mechanisms that have been confirmed for the specific Verisol® collagen peptides and that are documented in recent randomised clinical trials.
Much more than just collagen peptides
Aside from clinically-tested and patented collagen peptides with proven efficacy, my Skin Formulacontains Celadrin®, a combination of esterified fatty acids, also clinically tested and patented, with comparable modulatory effects to omega-3 which provides hydration to cell membranes and to joints. Additionally a matrix of pro-collagen amino acids (L-forms of threonine, glycine, proline and lysine) is added to further support the activity of the collagen peptides. Two powerful botanical antioxidants that travel through the blood brain barrier provide support against oxidative damage in brain and skin.
The advanced nutrient complex in my Skin Formula contains the following ingredients. Nothing else is listed because nothing else is added. The recommended daily dose of six (6) capsules provides you with the following:
|Skin Formula Ingredients|
|A Clinically-tested + patented Collagen-peptide complex|
Verisol® Collagen Peptides Type I+III
|Pro-Collagen Amino Acids to support your own collagen production|
|A Clinically-tested + patented fatty acid complex|
Celadrin® – patented complex blend of esterified fatty acids.
|Botanicals / Plant Extracts|
Boswellia Serrata extract, known as Frankincense (providing guaranteed 65% Boswellic Acid)
This product is 100% free of fillers, binders, colours or preservatives of any kind. No silicon dioxide or magnesium stearate is used at all.
100% free from wheat, grains, gluten, soy, dairy, yeast, sugar and sweeteners.
Directions for use
Take 6 capsules daily on an empty stomach, optimally 30 minutes before a meal or 2 hours after breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The Perfect Anti-Ageing Trilogy
Together with the Night Formula and the Day Formula the Skin Formula completes the anti-ageing circle, giving you a true quality anti-ageing complex with 60 highly bioactive ingredients and a wide spectrum of activity to keep you growing younger 24h/day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you say your collagen is clinically tested? Who makes it and what are the tests it’s passed?
Not all collagen ingredients are created equal; nor supported by the same level of scientific substantiation. The collagen peptides in the Skin Formula are manufactured by a German company called Gelita. The company’s patented Verisol® ingredient has been substantiated in gold standard clinical trials, including a study published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology (2014, Vol. 27, pp. 113-119) which found improvements in skin elasticity of up to 30% at a low dosage (2.5 g/day). The same study compared 2 groups The company’s Verisol ingredient has been substantiated in gold standard clinical trials, including a study published in Skin Pharmacology and Physiology (2014, Vol. 27, pp. 113-119) which found improvements in skin elasticity of up to 30% at a low dosage (2.5 g/day).
I have read that the collagen peptides in your Skin Formula is “clean label”. What does this mean?
Gelita’s clean label means their peptides are made from organic, grass-fed beef, and are free of all artificial ingredients, fillers, sweeteners, as well as gluten free. Believe it or not, some leading formulas out there have got a few nasty things like in them, but they still claim to be “all natural”. Always read the label!_
Is your Skin Formula vegan?
Unlike the Day Formula and the Night Formula, which are 100% vegan, the Skin Formula contains bovine collagen peptides and bovine fatty acids. At the moment there is no way of making vegan collagen, but I’m keeping my eyes open for any changes to this situation and will keep all of you vegans posted with any developments.
Isn’t a liquid form of collagen much easier to absorb and digest than capsules?
No, it’s the simple answer. The absorption of collagen is determined by a number of factors. The most important is its molecular weight, which influences its size. Liquid preparations like Skinade® use peptides with a molecular weight of just 2kDal, which is identical to that of Verisol® peptides. Also, always read the label of any products that contain what seems to be a lot of ingredients for the skin. Watch out for inferior forms of nutrients such as “folic acid” as opposed to “L-methyl-folate”, the active form of folic acid, which is highly bioavailable. Folic acid is difficult to break down and many lack the genetic ability to do so and to use it effectively. Another example is “Omega Fatty Acids” in milligrams. These are token quantities which do absolutely nothing to your skin and are only there as a marketing gimmick. Also, everyones gut is different, and contains different levels stomach acid, pancreatic enzymes and probiotic flora, all of which have an impact on the amount of product which you’ll absorb. So don’t be fooled by simplistic claims about “better absorbability of liquids”. If they were true, every drug and food supplement would be available in that form.
Your formula doesn’t contain hyaluronic acid. Isn’t this silly? I thought hyaluronic acid was the best thing for skin anti-ageing?
Hyaluronic acid is a fantastic skin hydrator, but when taken as a supplement it is denatured by digestion, making it useless. There is absolutely no scientific evidence that any of the hyaluronic acid you take as a supplement actually reaches the skin at all. But that’s no a problem at all, because when you ingest the optimised Verisol® collagen peptides contained in my Skin Formula your body naturally produces hyaluronic acid in the dermis as part of the process, so that’s all good!
I’m concerned that Skinade® Collagen contains sucralose. Does your collagen Skin Formula contain any sweeteners?
No. Whilst sucralose (also known as “Splenda”) is non-caloric, i.e. doesn’t contain any calories, it is an artificial sweetener with a dubious reputation. Manufacturers of Skinade may tell you that their product contains nothing artificial, but sucralose is definitely not natural. If you’re interested in the side effects of sucralose, I recommend you read this article by Dr Mercola, which explains it beautifully.
What is the source of the fatty acids in your Skin Formula?
The Celadrin® used in my formula is patented mix of Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFAs) of animal source extracted from bovine tallow. However this material goes through a patented processes which means there is actually NO beef tallow left in the end product. There is no beef fat in Celadrin® and there is no calorie count for it either, not that it matters as it would be negligible.
What is Celadrin anyway? I’ve never heard of it!
Celadrin® is an all natural proprietary ingredient, that has been clinically proven to reduce pain and rapidly promote joint health, improving flexibility and mobility. Clinically studied at various times in in vivo experiments, it has been published twice in the prestigious Journal of Rheumatology. You will have seen Celadrin® in in health food shops as both oral and topical products. Celadrin® beneficial effects have been proven superior in results to Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, SAMe and other food supplements traditionally used for arthritic conditions. Here’s a handy summary of published studies on Celadrin®. The best known study using oral Celadrin® compared 2 group of patients with knee osteoarthritis. One took 350mg of Celadrin® and the other took a sugar pill (placebo). Those taking the Celadrin® experienced an improvement in knee range of motion and overall function when measured at both 30 and 68 days into the treatment. The authors concluded that Celadrin® provided an alternative to the use of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs for the treatment in this group of patients. The full text of the study is available here.
How does Celadrin® work?
Celadrin® has been medically and clinically tested, typically as a pain management compound developed through a proprietary process of esterifying oils. According to its manufacturers, “Celadrin® is an innovative, all natural ingredient which has been medically shown to reduce inflammation and pain with no side effects”. Along with its many studies and scientific presentations, Celadrin® has been published on two occasions in the internationally acclaimed Journal of Rheumatology. Celadrin® seems to work by systematically enhancing and lubricating cell membranes throughout the body providing youthful cell fluidity and elasticity. This includes the enhancement of fluids that cushions your bones and joints to maintain flexibility and mobility so that you can move with ease and pain free. Celadrin® has been proven to provide cumulative (continuous and restorative) benefit. In a double blind clinical trial, oral Celadrin® showed significant benefit beyond the arthritic medication the subjects were taking – with cumulative improvement shown throughout the study. The full text of the study is available here.
I am a coeliac, can I take your Skin Formula? Is it completely gluten-free?
Yes. The Skin Formula is 100% free of gluten. There is absolutely no hidden wheat (or any other grains) dairy or yeast in this food supplement either.
Do your use fillers in your capsules?
The Skin Formula is 100% of fillers, binders, colours or preservatives of any kind. The only ingredients used are those listed above and on the label.